Black Hole Physics

Basic Concepts and New Developments

  • Valeri P. Frolov
  • Igor D. Novikov

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 96)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Basic Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 3-11
    3. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 12-55
    4. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 56-86
    5. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 87-149
    6. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 150-205
    7. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 206-242
    8. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 243-289
    9. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 290-318
    10. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 319-343
  3. Further Developments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 347-402
    3. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 403-465
    4. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 466-515
    5. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 516-542
    6. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 543-575
    7. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 576-596
    8. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 597-616
  4. Conclusion

    1. Valeri P. Frolov, Igor D. Novikov
      Pages 617-617

About this book

Introduction

It is not an exaggeration to say that one of the most exciting predictions of Einstein's theory of gravitation is that there may exist "black holes": putative objects whose gravitational fields are so strong that no physical bodies or signals can break free of their pull and escape. The proof that black holes do exist, and an analysis of their properties, would have a significance going far beyond astrophysics. Indeed, what is involved is not just the discovery of yet another even if extremely remarkable, astro­ physical object, but a test of the correctness of our understanding of the properties of space and time in extremely strong gravitational fields. Theoretical research into the properties of black holes, and into the possible corol­ laries of the hypothesis that they exist, has been carried out with special vigor since the beginning of the 1970's. In addition to those specific features of black holes that are important for the interpretation of their possible astrophysical manifestations, the theory has revealed a number of unexpected characteristics of physical interactions involving black holes. By the middle of the 1980's a fairly detailed understanding had been achieved of the properties of the black holes, their possible astrophysical manifestations, and the specifics of the various physical processes involved. Even though a completely reliable detection of a black hole had not yet been made at that time, several objects among those scrutinized by astrophysicists were considered as strong candidates to be confirmed as being black holes.

Keywords

Gravity Minkowski space Relativity astrophysics general relativity statistical physics stellar

Authors and affiliations

  • Valeri P. Frolov
    • 1
  • Igor D. Novikov
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Theoretical Astrophysics CenterUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-5139-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-5146-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5139-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-1222
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-6425
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